Posted May 11, 2022 by Michael L. Brown

I first became familiar with Jen Hatmaker in 2016 when she and her husband announced that they had shifted their views on LGBTQ issues. It was then that I learned how popular she was as an evangelical Christian author. This made her departure from the Word of God on this crucial subject all the more tragic.

Because I heard that she and her husband Brandon had read my book Can You Be Gay and Christian? while studying the relevant issues, I wrote an open letter to them, dismantling some of their arguments and appealing to them to reconsider. That was in November 2016.

I also gave them this warning, in love, writing: “it won’t surprise me in the days to come if: 1) in times of conflict between the church and the LGBT community, you consistently take the side of  LGBT’s, even siding against your brothers and sisters in the Lord; 2) you embrace more and more aspects of gay activism, including transgender activism; 3) you begin to broaden your circles of fellowship, embracing more liberal ‘Christians’ who deny key aspects of the historic faith; and 4) if I’m right about the first three, after a number of years – perhaps even a decade or more – in the name of ‘grace,’ you will begin to inch towards a form of universalism. At the very least, in the name of ‘grace,’ your congregational standards of holiness will soon be compromised.”

Not surprisingly, in August 2017, Jen Hatmaker expressed her strong displeasure with the Nashville Statement on biblical sexuality, claiming that this affirmation of biblical values produced “shame, self-harm, suicide, & broken hearts, families, & churches.”

Yes, she said, “The fruit of the ‘Nashville Statement’ is suffering, rejection, shame, and despair.” And this from a respected author and mother of 5 who still professed to be a committed Christian.

For the record, the Nashville Statement affirmed that marriage was the union of one man and one woman and stated that, “Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be.”

Yet these values were now considered destructive by Hatmaker. What on earth was going on? (Now would be a good time to go back and read the warning I had issued just 9 months earlier, quoted above.)

In response, I wrote another article, ending with these words, “The very sad fall of Jen Hatmaker, for whom we pray, is a striking illustration of the power of spiritual deception. Once you embrace the first lie, it’s much easier to embrace the other lies, which get bigger and uglier by the day.

“May God awaken those deceived by LGBT theology, and may He strengthen those who are taking a stand for biblical truth.”

Sadly, since then, the Hatmakers have divorced, their oldest daughter came out as gay, and Jen has dropped out of church.

Now, in 2022, Hatmaker has issued a strongly-worded statement affirming – yes, affirming – Roe v. Wade.

That’s why I warned her back in 2016. She is following the inevitable trajectory, and those who drift from biblical standards on homosexuality will do so on abortion as well (or vice versa). I have witnessed it for decades.

That’s why Hatmaker embraces all the standard pro-abortion talking points, writing, “Abortion is a choice women make for endless personal reasons including the health of the mother, the health of the baby, rape, incest, viability, financial instability, a dangerous home environment, lack of help, and of course reasons that are theirs alone…as are their bodies.

“This is intensely personal and private, and women deserve agency and choice not only with their bodies but over the decision to parent for the rest of their lives. Anti-abortion advocates have every right to their convictions, but those convictions should only apply to their bodies, their families, and their futures.”

So, the body of the baby, inside the mother’s womb, doesn’t matter. And if you are convinced that the beating heart inside the mother’s body should be protected, you should keep your convictions to yourself.

We should also point out that the vast majority of abortions are not performed because of “the health of the mother, the health of the baby, rape, incest, viability . . . .”

But why confuse facts with feelings? After all, the biblical witness about the humanity of the child within the womb doesn’t matter. It is the spirit of the age and a misguided compassion that carries the day.

This is the inevitable shift that takes place once the Word of God is no longer the standard.

Hatmaker even speaks of “reproductive rights,” another pro-abortion talking point that has no connection to reality. (No one is telling a woman she cannot reproduce. We are telling her and her doctor that they should not kill the baby in her womb.)

But for Hatmaker, though, the opposition to Roe is largely a matter of “political theater.” As she wrote, “if this rabid energy [yes, she describes your passionate concern for the baby in the womb as ‘rabid energy’] was genuine if it had any integrity, it would come baked in with the fiercest and staunchest advocacy for free birth control, comprehensive sex education, maternal health care, paid maternity leave, subsidized child care, affordable housing, marriage counseling and family support systems, guaranteed food security, victims’ rights for all the rape and incest survivors forced to carry their abuser’s baby, subsidized medical care for all the women forced to carry a baby to the detriment of their own health or that of their baby, life insurance for the families whose mothers died in forced childbirth, and every conceivable support for a mother, baby, and family from birth until forever.”

Of course, not a human being or organization on the planet, whatever their position, could provide all this for every woman. And Hatmaker is basically saying that unless you can do everything for everyone that is in any possible way affected by your views, you should do nothing. If that were the case, we would still have slavery in segregation in America.

But the reality is that pro-lifers are on the front lines of the adoption movement, on the front lines of helping kids in foster care, on the front-lines of helping pregnant women get financial help, and on the front lines of mentoring these mothers should they choose to have their babies. (Here’s one example of holistic pro-life activism.)

None of this, however, matters to Hatmaker today, as she has rejected God and His Word, regardless of what she may profess to believe.  That’s why it is no surprise that the words “Bible” or “God” or “Christian” or even the name of “Jesus” do not occur once in her pro-abortion blog. She has left them far behind.

To say it again: we warned her in advance.

May the Lord grant her repentance!

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Really now posted a comment · May 16, 2022
I don’t disagree with you. I too believe in the sacredness and value of life. I do, however, fully acknowledge the complexities of EVERYONE’s human life, and the complexities of EACH person’s unique experiences. Banning or criminalizing abortion, or shaming those who make the tough choice to end a pregnancy is NOT the answer tho. I am NOT ‘pro-abortion’, but I AM VERY MUCH ‘pro-choice’. This is a decision between the pregnant person, other people in their lives, their doctor, and ‘God’. PERIOD. And btw - if ‘God’ is just and fair, you’d think they may consider the circumstances/contributing factors in their ‘judgement’, would you not??
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Severiano David posted a comment · May 16, 2022
@ Really and @ Swkh310, you've both spoken like true leftists, and make no apology for that. You want to convince us on the Right to accept your persuasive arguments yet at the same time denigrate us as culturally, morally or intellectually bankrupt. Nothing could be further from the truth. Remember that at 3 weeks [from fertilization], the pre-born child’s heart is in an advanced stage of formation. His eyes begin to form, and his brain, spinal column, and nervous system are virtually complete. Of course, you cannot ask the baby inside your womb how she or he feels about being born. But you can ask survivors of abortion whether they are glad they survived, and to a person, they will say yes. They are also, almost certainly, pro-life today. And you can ask men and women who were conceived in rape if they are glad their mothers did not abort them. They too will say yes. In fact, some of the finest, most compassionate people I know on the planet were conceived in rape. They have done so much good to help so many people, but only because they were allowed to be born. You can also talk to kids with Down syndrome along with their moms and dads and siblings: they are overwhelmingly happy with their lives and cherished by their families. According to one major survey, “Among those surveyed, nearly 99% of people with Down syndrome indicated that they were happy with their lives; 97% liked who they are; and 96% liked how they look. Nearly 99% people with Down syndrome expressed love for their families, and 97% liked their brothers and sisters.” Also, according to a major survey published in 2011 by the American Journal of Medical Genetics, “The vast majority of parents said they have a more positive outlook on life because of their child with Down syndrome. And, nearly 90 percent of siblings indicated that they feel like they are better people because of their brother or sister with the developmental disability.” Yet mothers carrying babies with Down syndrome are commonly encouraged to abort their babies, even told they should “end” the “thing” in their womb. And I'm sure you probably venting at me, "Where do we draw the line?!" "And, if it’s wrong to bring a child into the world who will only suffer pain and sickness, why not terminate a three-month-old infant or a two-year-old toddler if their suffering is intense?!!" The obvious answer is, “Because that’s a child.” But what if it is also a child inside in the womb? Wouldn’t that same argument hold true? This is why we are so adamantly pro-life. It is not because we are heartless. It is certainly not because we are misogynistic. (Many, if not most, of the key pro-life leaders are women.) It is because we recognize that, the moment a baby is conceived, it is a human being with rights and dignity and purpose, and no one has the right to snuff out the life of that child. That’s also why excited, expectant mothers don’t say, “Look at my fetus bump!” They say, “Look at my baby bump!” And that’s why they say, “The baby just kicked me” rather than, “The fetus just kicked me.” And that’s why they talk to the little one in their womb and sing to their precious child. And that’s why they are so devastated and crushed if they miscarry and lose their baby. That’s a little human being in there, and they already love their child, sight unseen. Now, in saying all this, I don’t expect you two to change your positions on the spot, as if you never thought about this before. But I write all this to you for two reasons. First, understand that those of us who hold dear the value of every human being, beginning in the womb, are not your enemies. Second, if you’ve never studied the development of a baby in the womb or – this is quite jarring and shocking –looked seriously and thoughtfully at pictures of aborted babies, may I respectfully ask you to consider doing so? As pro-life followers of Jesus, we care about your lives too.
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Really now posted a comment · May 13, 2022
As much as the Christian nationalist right loves to claim, very, very, very few ‘support abortion’. Most, including Jen hatmaker, simply understand the many complexities of living on this earth, and the excruciatingly difficult decisions people often have to make. These decisions are far bigger than themselves and include complex social and cultural variables. The religious right, however, LOVES to take the easy way out. They live to blame and shame, demonize, over exaggerate, and make the insane claim of ‘moral failure’. The left is far more forgiving, totally fine with acknowledging human complexity. My biggest wish is that we could ALL forget the insane political games, and come together with a COMMON GOAL - to REDUCE abortions. Not punish and jail those who make this choice, but dig deep - together - to address the underlying variables that contribute to abortion. Making casseroles for a week after a mandated childbirth won’t be enough. Sorry - its time to grow up, religious right. Time to put on the big kid pants.
OT posted a comment · May 12, 2022
Skwh310 said “ overwhelming majority of violence in this country is committed by middle-age, white, right-wing Christian, men. The worst thing the Left will do is snarl traffic with another pointless march.)” headlines read a little more than snarled traffic “ setting fire to pregnancy centers that help women! The truth comes out Skwh310 is capable of spreading a false biased narrative, no surprise there!
OT posted a comment · May 12, 2022
Skwh310 -“The 2nd to last paragraph is deliberately and cynically misleading.” prove it!
OT posted a comment · May 12, 2022
Skwh310 So much for your violence commentary, are you the purveyor of the dreaded disinformation / information gathering basing it on CNN’s or any other periodicals /Condemning an entire group based on the actions of a few! disingenuous, flawed typical of the of the liberal left . I question your contention that all your comments you base and cite from sources is empirical and verifiable , did you gain it by observation or experience ?It has been proven over and over News sources are polluted with bias! Headline banners with carefully placed words are the new deceptive weapons used by media Can not be cited as trusted! ———————————— Live updates LA abortion rights protest turn violent May 3, 2022
OT posted a comment · May 12, 2022
Skwh310 Headline-Wisconsin anti-abortion center targeted by arson, police say. -Cops confirm Molotov cocktails were used by Antifa goons to firebomb Wisconsin pro-life charity's office whose wall was sprayed with message saying: 'If abortions aren't safe you aren't either' -BREAKING: Antifa pro-abort men are attacking and putting out hits on pregnancy centers in Portland, OR. Because it drives pro-abort men to “violent rage” to think that women will have support to choose life. Skwh310 so much your disinformation on left violence!
Swkh310 posted a comment · May 12, 2022
Actually, it is the opposite of "whatabout"ism because my comments are empirical: specific to the discussion, fact-based, and verifiable. But, for a moment, I'll play your little game. If we all agree that (1) the goal is to reduce the number of abortions and (2) abortions are the result of unwanted pregnancies, then why do the so-called "Pro Life" crowd constantly and consistently oppose free/low-cost, easily available contraception and sex education? Check the numbers in Colorado. Their teen pregnancies and abortion rates were cut in half when birth control was made widely accessible. Could it be that the so-called "Pro Life" crowd are nothing more than a collection of self-righteous phoneys?
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OrangeHunter posted a comment · May 12, 2022
Swkh310, your comment is a perfect example of whataboutism. One bad thing cannot be used as a justification for another bad thing. Yes, Christians sometimes neglect other social ills, but this in no way an excuse for abortophiles.
Swkh310 posted a comment · May 11, 2022
The 2nd to last paragraph is deliberately and cynically misleading. Where are the self-appointed "Pro Life"ers when it comes to universal access to contraception, prenatal care, delivery/hospital cost insurance, parental leave, day care? Their silence is deafening. As the absolutely brilliant George Carlin said of the so-called "Pro Life" crowd way back in 1996, "they will do anything for the unborn, but once you’re born, you’re on your own.” When it comes to the "Pro Life" crowd, truer words were never spoken.